Police in Ogun State have nabbed a staff member of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Kehinde Adeoye, after allegedly leading a gang to attack his boss at Oposuru, in the Lemode area of the State.
During the attack, a resident was reportedly killed by one of the gang members, Kayode Johnson.
Johnson, who was beaten up by a mob, was also taken into custody.
PUNCH Metro learnt that 27-year-old Adeoye was in charge of selling tickets to passengers until recently when he was posted to a railway terminus, Kajola Railway Terminus, in the Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that prior to the transfer, the father of one realised about N3,000 from ticket racketeering on a daily basis.
He accused his boss, Eze Ejike, of instigating the transfer.
He was said to have led Johnson and one Chibuzor (still at large) to Ejike’s residence at Oposuru around 6pm last Friday to attack the boss.
Our correspondent learnt that while the attack was ongoing, Ejike raised the alarm, which drew the attention of residents as the assailants fled.
A resident, Abeeb Oluwafemi, aka Eleja, had wanted to prevent Johnson from escaping when the attacker stabbed him in the chest.
It was gathered that Oluwafemi was rushed to a hospital where he died while a police team from the Agbado Police Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Sunday Omonijo, rescued Johnson from being lynched by angry youths.
Adeoye, a native of Araromi, Ondo State, said he had told his friends to break Ejike’s leg to teach him a lesson for allegedly blocking the extra money he made from ticketing.
He said, “I hold National Diploma in Business Administration and work with the Nigerian Railway Corporation. I live on Adekunle Adekemi Street, Itoki. I was posted to work on the train in July last year. I was in charge of ticketing. I made about N3,000 everyday.
“In December, one of my bosses, Mr. Ejike, was also posted to work on the train. He reported me to our superiors and I was reposted to the Kajola Railway Terminus. I was pained; I have a wife and a child. I decided to do something that would make him to sit at home for two months.
“I invited my friends and told them to injure my boss in the leg. I took them to his house in Oposuru. While they were beating him up, he raised the alarm. We flagged down a tricycle and hopped in. The rider refused to go when he saw some people chasing us.
“Chibuzor and I ran away, while Kayode (Johnson) was caught. It was when I went to a police station to report myself the following day that I learnt that Kayode stabbed somebody to death.”
Johnson, 31, who was hospitalised due to the injuries inflicted on him by a mob, said he stabbed the deceased in defence.
“Kehinde (Adeoye) is my childhood friend. He told me that his boss orchestrated his posting to where he did not like and begged me and Chibuzor to help beat him up. While we were attacking him at a junction, he shouted. Some people around the area responded and chased us.
“One of them stopped me from escaping. He stabbed me in the finger. I collected the knife from him and stabbed him in the chest. I was held by the crowd and beaten up,” he said.
The Director of Operations, Nigerian Railway Operations, Mr. Niyi Ali, said the corporation was aware of the incident, adding that the police had commenced investigation.
He said, “It is a criminal matter being investigated by the police. It is being handled by the police.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command was making efforts to arrest the fleeing suspect.
He said, “The railway worker mobilised his friends from Ebute-Meta, Lagos, to beat up his boss.
“The worker and his accomplice, who stabbed a man that wanted to catch him, have been arrested and transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta.”